Weekly Feature



2017-05-17 / Sports

Amherst baseball’s inconsistent play results in .500 week

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Amherst junior Joe Dugan delivers a pitch during the third inning of the Sweet Home-Amherst “Throwback Classic” Saturday at Amherst. Dugan gave the Tigers three innings of relief pitching as he shut down the Panthers’ offense to help the Tigers earn a 5-2 victory. 
Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerdePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst junior Joe Dugan delivers a pitch during the third inning of the Sweet Home-Amherst “Throwback Classic” Saturday at Amherst. Dugan gave the Tigers three innings of relief pitching as he shut down the Panthers’ offense to help the Tigers earn a 5-2 victory. Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerdePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst’s baseball team has played inconsistently all season and last week’s 2-2 week was a microcosm of it.

The Tigers downed Williamsville South, second in ECIC II, 5-4, at home May 9, and Sweet Home, 5-2, Saturday in the “Throwback Classic,” and lost to ECIC II champ Williamsville East, 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh May 10 at the Northtown Center and Maryvale, 11-4, at home Thursday in the team’s Coaches vs. Cancer game.

“The team is very inconsistent and I don’t know which team is going to show up for every game,” Amherst coach Brian Davis said.

Davis said his team played well from start to finish against South.


Duncan MacDonald of Amherst turns a double play with a step and throws over the bag during the Tigers’ 4-3 loss against Williamsville East May 10 at the Northtown Center at Amherst. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Duncan MacDonald of Amherst turns a double play with a step and throws over the bag during the Tigers’ 4-3 loss against Williamsville East May 10 at the Northtown Center at Amherst. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The Tigers scored twice in the bottom of the first when Duncan MacDonald walked, moved to second on an RBI single by Will Grisko and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Incontro, and Grisko scored on an RBI single by Ben Nagy.

Amherst added two more runs in the second. Zach Tojek was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI single by Grisko and Grisko scored on an RBI single by Brian Fulford.

South scored twice in the fourth and another run in the fifth, cutting the deficit to 4-3, but Amherst answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth when Tojek reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored when Grisko was walked with the bases loaded.

South scored once in the sixth and had runners on first and second with two outs, but Fulford got pinch hitter Ryan Burns to fly out to right field to end the game.

Joe Dugan got the win on the mound for Amherst, allowing two earned runs, five walks, five hits and struck out five. Fulford pitched 12/3 innings and allowed no runs, two hits and a walk for the save.

Grisko led the offense with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Incontro (two hits, RBI), James Heim (two hits), Fulford and Nagy (hit, RBI), Tojek (hit, two runs scored), Dugan and Eric Schaefer (hit) also contributed.

In the “Throwback Classic,” where both teams use wooden bats and wear retro jerseys, Sweet Home scored twice in the top of the first inning. Amherst tied the game in the fourth when Tojek drove in Fulford with a RBI single and Dugan scored on a passed ball.

The Tigers scored the go-ahead run in the fifth when Fulford drove in Mac- Donald and Grisko with a two-RBI single. Fulford later scored on an RBI single by Jake Lajeunesse.

Lajeunesse threw three innings and allowed two runs, five walks and struck out five. Dugan threw the final three innings and allowed two walks, a hit and struck out three for the win.

Fulford faced three batters and allowed no hits and struck out two for the save.

Amherst’s offense recorded eight hits.

Grisko batted 3-for-4 with two singles and a double and a run scored. Fulford had a hit, two RBIs and two runs scored. Nagy (hit), Dugan (hit, scored), Lajeunesse (hit, RBI) and Tojek (hit, RBI) also contributed.

Amherst scored twice in the first against East when MacDonald walked, Grisko singled and both scored on an RBI single by Fulford.

East tied the game in the bottom of the first.

In the top of the third, Grisko singled, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. East tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third.

The score stayed tied until the bottom of the seventh when East’s Jack Rubins scored on an error.

Nagy threw six innings and allowed three earned runs, three walks, eight hits and struck out three. Lajeunesse pitched the seventh and recorded the loss.

Grisko batted 4-for-4 and scored twice and Fulford hit 2-for-4 for Amherst’s offense.

Maryvale scored six runs in the bottom of the first on three Amherst errors and added runs in the second and third, building an 8-0 lead.

The Tigers scored once in the fourth when MacDonald singled and scored on a groundout, once in the fifth when Tojek singled and scored on a single by Connor Tanevich, and two more in the sixth when MacDonald scored on an RBI single by Fulford and Grisko scored on an RBI double by Tojek.

Maryvale also scored once in the sixth and twice more in the seventh.

Tojek allowed six runs, including three earned, six hits and a walk. At the plate, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Nagy (hit), Fulford (hit, RBI), Grisko (hit, run scored) and MacDonald (hit, two runs scored) also contributed to the offense.

Amherst (3-9, 2-8) traveled to West Seneca East Monday and Iroquois Tuesday, but information about the games was unavailable before press time.

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